St John’s Primary School Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch up premium


What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium?


“Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.

The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.

Although all children have had their education disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is likely that disadvantaged and vulnerable groups will have been hardest hit. That is why, alongside the universal catch-up premium, we are launching a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help.”


Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11. The predicted allocation for St John’s is £15,920. Funding will be provided in 3 tranches, October, early 2021 and Summer term 2021. The aim of this one-off universal catch premium is to make up for lost teaching time.


School should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils catch up for lost teaching over the previous months in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year. School have the flexibility to spend the funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances. The Education Endowment Foundation guide has been published (coronavirus support guide for schools) and St John’s will use these evidence based approaches to help us decide on the most effective way to direct this funding.


St John’s Primary School Catch up funding strategy 

We support all our pupils by providing high quality classroom teaching supplemented by interventions (academic and other) to support vulnerable learners when required.


We will:

  • Support teachers to provide quality first teaching.
  • Carry out standardised assessments to identify gaps in learning.
  • Assess pupils’ wellbeing and plan to support those who need it.
  • Structured small group intervention programmes, including for emotional needs.
  • Support for parents and carers.



At St John’s we expect to receive £15,920 in catch up funding.  We will update this page with more detail on the specific allocation of these funds in due course.